Welcome!

Linux Containers Authors: Liz McMillan, Elizabeth White, Pat Romanski, Yeshim Deniz, Flint Brenton

Related Topics: @DevOpsSummit, Linux Containers, @CloudExpo

@DevOpsSummit: Article

Three Things About DevOps | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #APM #Microservices

DevOps is a way to break down the longstanding barriers between siloed development, operations and quality assurance teams

There are few trends in enterprise IT receiving more attention in 2016 than DevOps. A combo of the words "development" and "operations," DevOps is a term that can mean a lot of different things depending on the context. Sometimes it refers to specific software or hardware tools, e.g., a DevOps automation platform for spinning up test labs or sandboxes - but more often it is used to describe a broad new approach to culture within an organization.

Essentially, DevOps is conceived of as a way to break down the longstanding barriers between siloed development, operations and QA teams. One definition from continuous delivery expert Jez Humble holds that DevOps is "a cross-disciplinary community of practice" dedicated to the study of building, evolving and operating rapidly changing resilient systems at scale." The key here is the "cross-disciplinary" part, indicating the need for organization-wide collaboration on technical projects.

There has been tremendous hype and widespread adoption of DevOps solutions so far this decade. But the term, its history and its implications are still widely misunderstood. A 2015 survey of 152 federal U.S. government IT managers by GCN underscored this status quo, revealing that 34 percent of respondents were unsure whether DevOps was the solution to their speed and communications issues. Let's try to clear up some of the confusion here by diving into three things you might not have known about DevOps.

1. DevOps originally sprung from the idea of "10-plus deploys per day"
In 2009, two Flickr employees gave a presentation at an O'Reilly Velocity Conference. While it's hard to pinpoint the exact beginning of DevOps, this talk, entitled "10+ Deploys per Day: Dev and Ops Cooperation at Flickr," is as good a starting point as any ("Dev Ops" is right in the title!). It discussed many of the classic issues dividing devtest and op teams, such as finger pointing about "but it works on my machine!" when a piece of bug-fixing code performs differently from one device to the next.

The point of the Flickr story was to demonstrate how closer collaboration through DevOps could solve age-old problems in IT. The idea of DevOps is to promote transparency, integrated workflows and continuous processes. Supporting it with cutting-edge tools such as an enterprise test management software can help bring the promise of DevOps to fruition. The "10 deploys per day" doesn't have to be a literal guideline, but an example of what is possible when silos are eliminated.

2. DevOps implementations are as much about customer issues as they are savings
Like many relatively new trends in technology (such as cloud computing andagile development), DevOps is often marketed as way to save money. It is certainly the case that a DevOps shop could make better use of its departmental budget than one that was still stuck with the culture left over from the days of waterfall methodology. However, cost isn't the only issue.

According to a Vanson Bourne survey of 1,300 senior IT decision-makers, only about 16 percent of respondents cited "reducing IT costs" as a main driver of their push toward DevOps. More common reasons for taking up DevOps included:

  • A need for simultaneous deployments across platforms (41 percent).
  • Increased uptake of mobile devices in the company (35 percent).
  • Rising pressure from the business side to release applications more quickly (41 percent).
  • Demand from end users for a better experience (39 percent).

These priorities are reflected in exactly how enterprises measure the success of DevOps initiatives. Almost half of them following external devops metrics such as  changes in revenue, time-to-market and customer experience, compared to only 38 percent who judged DevOps mainly on the basis of return on investment and lower costs (13 percent had not made a decision).

3. DevOps is a new way of thinking about and utilizing IT infrastructures
A lot of the attention given to DevOps is about the opportunities opened up by its fresh approach to company culture. It can be implemented to change everything from where team members sit in the office, to how they decide who does what during the devtest cycle. Cross-competency is a big part of the DevOps skill set; in other words, employees in a DevOps-minded organization may have the ability to be a programmer or an administrator, depending on the situation.

One thing that is often overlooked when talking about DevOps is the fact that it also emphasizes a similar sort of versatility across infrastructure. Traditionally, a sizeable chunk of infrastructure is designed with production in mind, which is fine, but has the side effect of potentially putting developers in the dark about whether what they are working on can be deployed into production. This also happens because operations teams are siloed from development, leading to miscommunications about the characteristics of different infrastructure environments.

DevOps is meant to take care of this specific issue as well as many others. The enhanced collaboration can lead to easier creation of a merged environment, in which teams can program, test with enterprise test management and deploy as part of a continuous cycle. At the same time, legacy, physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures can all be adequately addressed.

"DevOps emerged from the realization that infrastructure should support not only the production capability, but also the act of development. Ideally, DevOps should exist in one merged environment and set of concepts," C. Aaron Cois explained in a post for the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. "For example, if I am writing software in a virtualized environment, I can be assured that the software I've developed will deploy seamlessly in that environment."

These are just three things among many that a lot of enterprise decision-makers do not know about DevOps yet. In the years ahead, having this knowledge of why and how to integrate DevOps into IT processes will be crucial as more organizations move toward agile methodologies and look to stay competitive in the mobile and cloud spaces.

More Stories By Sanjay Zalavadia

As the VP of Client Service for Zephyr, Sanjay Zalavadia brings over 15 years of leadership experience in IT and Technical Support Services. Throughout his career, Sanjay has successfully established and grown premier IT and Support Services teams across multiple geographies for both large and small companies.

Most recently, he was Associate Vice President at Patni Computers (NYSE: PTI) responsible for the Telecoms IT Managed Services Practice where he established IT Operations teams supporting Virgin Mobile, ESPN Mobile, Disney Mobile and Carphone Warehouse. Prior to this Sanjay was responsible for Global Technical Support at Bay Networks, a leading routing and switching vendor, which was acquired by Nortel. He has also held management positions in Support Service organizations at start-up Silicon Valley Networks, a vendor of Test Management software, and SynOptics.

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


@ThingsExpo Stories
WebRTC is great technology to build your own communication tools. It will be even more exciting experience it with advanced devices, such as a 360 Camera, 360 microphone, and a depth sensor camera. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Masashi Ganeko, a manager at INFOCOM Corporation, introduced two experimental projects from his team and what they learned from them. "Shotoku Tamago" uses the robot audition software HARK to track speakers in 360 video of a remote party. "Virtual Teleport" uses a multip...
Business professionals no longer wonder if they'll migrate to the cloud; it's now a matter of when. The cloud environment has proved to be a major force in transitioning to an agile business model that enables quick decisions and fast implementation that solidify customer relationships. And when the cloud is combined with the power of cognitive computing, it drives innovation and transformation that achieves astounding competitive advantage.
Data is the fuel that drives the machine learning algorithmic engines and ultimately provides the business value. In his session at Cloud Expo, Ed Featherston, a director and senior enterprise architect at Collaborative Consulting, discussed the key considerations around quality, volume, timeliness, and pedigree that must be dealt with in order to properly fuel that engine.
IoT is rapidly becoming mainstream as more and more investments are made into the platforms and technology. As this movement continues to expand and gain momentum it creates a massive wall of noise that can be difficult to sift through. Unfortunately, this inevitably makes IoT less approachable for people to get started with and can hamper efforts to integrate this key technology into your own portfolio. There are so many connected products already in place today with many hundreds more on the h...
When shopping for a new data processing platform for IoT solutions, many development teams want to be able to test-drive options before making a choice. Yet when evaluating an IoT solution, it’s simply not feasible to do so at scale with physical devices. Building a sensor simulator is the next best choice; however, generating a realistic simulation at very high TPS with ease of configurability is a formidable challenge. When dealing with multiple application or transport protocols, you would be...
Detecting internal user threats in the Big Data eco-system is challenging and cumbersome. Many organizations monitor internal usage of the Big Data eco-system using a set of alerts. This is not a scalable process given the increase in the number of alerts with the accelerating growth in data volume and user base. Organizations are increasingly leveraging machine learning to monitor only those data elements that are sensitive and critical, autonomously establish monitoring policies, and to detect...
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settl...
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Dr. Robert Cohen, an economist and senior fellow at the Economic Strategy Institute, presented the findings of a series of six detailed case studies of how large corporations are implementing IoT. The session explored how IoT has improved their economic performance, had major impacts on business models and resulted in impressive ROIs. The companies covered span manufacturing and services firms. He also explored servicification, how manufacturing firms shift from se...
DevOpsSummit New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City. Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with the introduction of DXWorldEXPO within the program. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of bus...
The Jevons Paradox suggests that when technological advances increase efficiency of a resource, it results in an overall increase in consumption. Writing on the increased use of coal as a result of technological improvements, 19th-century economist William Stanley Jevons found that these improvements led to the development of new ways to utilize coal. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Mark Thiele, Chief Strategy Officer for Apcera, compared the Jevons Paradox to modern-day enterprise IT, examin...
IoT solutions exploit operational data generated by Internet-connected smart “things” for the purpose of gaining operational insight and producing “better outcomes” (for example, create new business models, eliminate unscheduled maintenance, etc.). The explosive proliferation of IoT solutions will result in an exponential growth in the volume of IoT data, precipitating significant Information Governance issues: who owns the IoT data, what are the rights/duties of IoT solutions adopters towards t...
Amazon started as an online bookseller 20 years ago. Since then, it has evolved into a technology juggernaut that has disrupted multiple markets and industries and touches many aspects of our lives. It is a relentless technology and business model innovator driving disruption throughout numerous ecosystems. Amazon’s AWS revenues alone are approaching $16B a year making it one of the largest IT companies in the world. With dominant offerings in Cloud, IoT, eCommerce, Big Data, AI, Digital Assista...
Organizations planning enterprise data center consolidation and modernization projects are faced with a challenging, costly reality. Requirements to deploy modern, cloud-native applications simultaneously with traditional client/server applications are almost impossible to achieve with hardware-centric enterprise infrastructure. Compute and network infrastructure are fast moving down a software-defined path, but storage has been a laggard. Until now.
Digital Transformation is much more than a buzzword. The radical shift to digital mechanisms for almost every process is evident across all industries and verticals. This is often especially true in financial services, where the legacy environment is many times unable to keep up with the rapidly shifting demands of the consumer. The constant pressure to provide complete, omnichannel delivery of customer-facing solutions to meet both regulatory and customer demands is putting enormous pressure on...
In his general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, discussed how Dice leverages data insights and tools to help both tech professionals and recruiters better understand how skills relate to each other and which skills are in high demand using interactive visualizations and salary indicator tools to maximize earning potential. Manish Dixit is VP of Product and Engineering at Dice. As the leader of the Product, Engineering and Data Sciences team at D...
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that All in Mobile, a mobile app development company from Poland, will exhibit at the 22nd International CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO. All In Mobile is a mobile app development company from Poland. Since 2014, they maintain passion for developing mobile applications for enterprises and startups worldwide.
"Akvelon is a software development company and we also provide consultancy services to folks who are looking to scale or accelerate their engineering roadmaps," explained Jeremiah Mothersell, Marketing Manager at Akvelon, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
IoT is at the core or many Digital Transformation initiatives with the goal of re-inventing a company's business model. We all agree that collecting relevant IoT data will result in massive amounts of data needing to be stored. However, with the rapid development of IoT devices and ongoing business model transformation, we are not able to predict the volume and growth of IoT data. And with the lack of IoT history, traditional methods of IT and infrastructure planning based on the past do not app...
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that the upcoming DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO New York event will feature 10 companies from Poland to participate at the "Poland Digital Transformation Pavilion" on November 12-13, 2018.
22nd International Cloud Expo, taking place June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and co-located with the 1st DXWorld Expo will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud ...